Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary CEN21LA452

Mineral Point, WI, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot of the helicopter was conducting agricultural application when he noticed the oil pressure light flickering just before making the 180o turn for his next run, and he turned toward a cornfield and made a precautionary landing. The pilot reported that the landing was soft, but the spray boom broke during landing. Two witnesses reported that the helicopter was maneuvering at low altitude and struck a wire before landing in the cornfield. They both reported that the pilot got out and examined the helicopter, got back in, took off, and departed the area. Photographs taken by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector showed that the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades. The pilot reported that he did not feel the impact of the rotor blades with the wire.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to see and avoid a wire during an aerial application flight, resulting in a collision with the wire.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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